The HOSTPLUS Cook for your Career competition is a big event on Australia’s hospitality calendar, and this year will be no exception.
The 2012 HOSTPLUS Cook for your Career (C4YC) competition is looking for its next apprentice chef. The winner of the competition will be announced at a Grand Final Cook-off in Melbourne on Friday 16 March.
C4YC is a national competition providing people of working age from any background with the opportunity to realise their dream of becoming a professional chef. No hospitality experience is necessary – just a passion for cooking and a desire to create great tasting food.
“Cook for Your Career is a great way for HOSTPLUS to help profile cookery careers, as well as highlight the skills shortage issue in the restaurant industry, and help provide a solution by finding and nurturing tomorrow’s quality chefs,” said David Elia, HOSTPLUS CEO.
The C4YC winner will receive a full chef training apprenticeship with a leading Australian restaurant. The line up of the restaurants and chefs on board include:
Although entries for aspiring chefs have now closed, the public voting period is now open on Facebook.
Members of the public can vote for their favourite contestants by visiting the website until Thursday 8 March 2012 and watching the two-minute videos of each contestant showing off their cooking skills. The two competitors with the most Facebook “votes” will then go on to round three – the Grand Finale Cook-Off.
For more information, visit www.cookforyourcareer.com.au
To cater for the needs of a young, net-savvy membership working unusual hours, HOSTPLUS has launched a new online advice tool designed to allow its members in the hospitality, tourism and sport industries to get financial advice about their super account whenever they need it.
Super Adviser is available exclusively to HOSTPLUS members and delivers intra-fund advice via a secure online portal. The self-service web tool allows members to access a statement of advice as and when they choose and without the need to actually sit down with a financial planner.
HOSTPLUS stresses the new advice tool is not designed to replace face-to-face financial advice, but to complement it and meet the needs of a membership demographic heavily skewed towards younger members who are very comfortable using online technology to elicit information.
Super Adviser will provide a valuable addition to the fund’s existing education and advice services, including its network of 11 financial planners around the country, according to HOSTPLUS Chief Executive Officer, David Elia.
‘Getting member engagement with superannuation is always difficult. Providing this level of simple advice will help towards increasing this engagement,’ David explains.
According to David, the new tool is designed to meet member demand for a more personalised and convenient online tool. ‘A lot of our members don’t realise that by asking simple questions they are actually seeking advice. Yet many people feel it is too much time and effort to sit down in front of a financial planner,’ he says.
With close to one million members, HOSTPLUS receives around 1,700 telephone calls a day and 30,000 visits a week to the fund’s website. ‘Adopting an online model that is free to the user allows us to provide even more access to superannuation advice – no matter where our members are or how much money they have in their account,’ David explains.
The Super Adviser tool allows fund members to run multiple financial scenarios and even permits them to save their data to return to at a later time. It provides members with advice on issues such as:
On completion the advice tools provides users with a Personalised Super Program containing details of everything the member has covered online, including recommendations and information on how to take action.
For more information about HOSTPLUS’ Super Adviser, click here.